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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ertvelde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Also called “Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale”

We blend young and old beers to make this mildy tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish. Very refreshing!


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Serving: from bottle (labeled Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale)--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles. Aroma: moderate grape aroma. Appearance: small, rocky, light brown initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Bubbly, dark red body. Taste: sour grape, yeasty, initial flavor. Somewhat leathery, acetic finish. Long duration. Palate: light body, very dry texture with fizzy carbonation and metallic feel. Overall: I liked the aroma and initial flavor, but the finish took some getting used to. Very complex.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1330) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
From notes, 4 oz draft pour consumed on 5/18/2013 at ChurchKey. Dark reddish brown with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, vinegar, tart notes. Tastes of sour grapes, vinegar, slight tart notes. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as sour as I’d prefer but still solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
Classic old-fashioned ’versnijbier’, a tradition of imitating oud bruin by blending a regular beer with a sour one. Also tasted as Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, which is apparently the same. Beige head, dark hazy bronze colour. Aroma of raisins, passion fruit, sour cream, sour red berries, chocolate, old sherry, yoghurt; very fruity taste, sweet and sour, caramelly, a bit woody, ending in a drying sourness. Very credible, though it isn’t even a ’real’ oud bruin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-18-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – The beer served a reddish brown color with a nice clarity. Upon swerving there is a thick white head floating atop the brew. The head sticks around for quite some time eventually fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is sweet and tart with lots of dark cherry and plum with souring notes of an apple cider vinegar and some lactic acid bacterial funk smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet dark cherry and a little bit of sour grape and sour cherry. As the flavor advances it gets more and more sour and tart in nature, but maintains, all the while, a good level of sweetness. Apple cider vinegar and some funky yeast flavors accompany the souring and tart flavors at the end leaving a pleasant sweet and tart flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is one thinner and crisper side with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles. The prickly carbonation and thinner body are great for the sweet, sour and tart fruit flavors of the brew and help keep the tart from becoming too overpowering. Overall – This is a great sour. It isn’t too heavy in any one component – not too sweet, sour, or tart, but the right blend of the three for a very enjoyably drinkable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (113) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2014
One of the best sour beers I’ve had. well balanced, sour but not musty. delightful if you’re in the mood. bottle

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a tulip.

A - Pours opaque reddish brown with a fizzy half finger tall off white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tart sour cherries, oak, some lactic sourness, and a light sugary sweetness. Not as funky as I was expecting it to be, still a decent amount of sourness tho.

T - Starts off with a bright lactic sourness that fades quickly leaving hints of tart cherries, candied sugar, dry oak tannins, and some dark fruit. Finish is a mix of light sourness and sticky sweetness, lingering for a short time. This was ok at best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Good amount of pucker initially quickly dieing down leaving a sticky sweet feel. Finish is a mix of light sourness and lingering sweetness.

O - This is far from a bad beer, but it really never wowed me. I liked the flavors but the sourness cut out far too quickly and you were left with an overly sweet red ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
robgibbens (412) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours nice very deep red with tall foam that maintains. The aroma is light cherry and fruit. Flavor is light and refreshing. Slightly tart. Finishes cleanly.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (267) - Americus, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a dark brown with a lingering tan head. Mild Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Taste is slightly sour with hints of dark fruits, caramel. Fairly sweet with a lip puckering tartness. Not a fan

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2014
Reddish. Aroma is earthy malts. Taste begins promising- vinegar - but quickly begins very sweet and very yeasty. No sour. Not a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (371) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
2014.08 - gents bierfestival - monk’s cafe flemish sour red ale - van het vat - pikkezwart, beige crèmekleurige kraag - neus : zurig en nog iets ? (maar wat ?) - mond : fruityoghurt (rood fruit), zoet, zuurtje

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Sample at Gents Bierfestival 2014. THX for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear red brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: fruity, sour, wood. TASTE: fruity, sour, wood, nice!


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